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Portland, OR | April 17 - 19, 2018

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Social Thinking Portland
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  • Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown
  • 1441 NE 2nd Avenue
  • Portland, OR 97232
  • We ensure the facilities we partner with to host Social Thinking trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals needing special accommodations accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to contact Elena Samsonova at conferences@socialthinking.com, or (408) 557-8595 x325.

     

    Get a discounted hotel room through the Social Thinking Group Block! Call 866-242-1264 and mention 'Social Thinking Conference', or book online with group code TSC.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 03/16/2018
Description

In Portland, join us and discover an array of strategies that improve social competencies, academic performance, and teach to educational standards! Discover the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment to delve into a person's strengths and weaknesses and emerge with strategies tailored to the individual. Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching executive function skills, including devising plans and controlling emotions to achieve goals!

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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a delicious full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.


We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder 
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference 
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided 
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference

     

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Tuesday April 17, 2018

Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model

ages 5 - young adult

Discover an array of strategies that bolster social learning and help improve performance on educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core). Explore lessons that make the abstract social world more concrete and understandable. Through the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking, learn how social ability impacts academic success. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning, and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension, organizational skills, and working in a group and learn strategies to improve each of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.
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This conference day is designed to teach professionals and parents frameworks, concepts, and strategies so that they may better understand the social learning experience and guide others toward improved social processing and social skills. Conference attendees will gain new insights into the power of their own social emotional intelligence as they explore their social motivations and how they process and respond to social information.  We will dissect the hidden rules, contemplate how social rules change with age, and discuss how social problem solving is at the heart of social skills, and affects how one interprets and responds to social-academic information and assignments. Social Thinking has developed a large range of treatment* strategies, and attendees will walk away with a number of them including those for helping students avoid “the blurt”, cope with “boring moments”, and develop conversational language. Additionally, we will focus much of our attention on the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking. The ILAUGH model is an acronym to represent treatment ideas and research related to: Initiating communication, Listening with the eyes and brain, Abstracting and inferencing, Understanding perspective, Getting the gist, and Humor & human relationships. The ILAUGH model not only demonstrates why people with social learning challenges have weaker social skills but also how social interpretation is linked to academic tasks such as written expression, conversational language, reading comprehension and organizational skills. As we wrap up the day, we will explore how we want to “teach in the roots” and not through the leaves of Social Thinking’s Social Learning Tree. We will then discuss how to write achievable IEP goals based on rubrics. Mainstream teachers find the information presented on this conference day applicable to all students as it pertains to social emotional learning, and audiences around the world love that it furthers their own social emotional insights! *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Wednesday April 18, 2018

The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment Protocol includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how our students process and respond to social information in real time. Learn related strategies to boost treatment plans and/or use at home. Explore three core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, the Friendship Pyramid, and the Spirals of Social Anxiety. Discuss factors to consider when running effective Social Thinking treatment groups.
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We launch the day exploring three practical frameworks and teaching strategies. First, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM) is a visual framework that teaches how to better understand the social expectations in a given situation. SBM then guides us to strategies specific to an individual’s needs as they discover what’s “expected" or “unexpected" in a social situation and how their behavior impacts the feelings of others.  How others feels about us impacts how they treat us in that situation and ultimately affects our own feelings!  Social Behavior Mapping has been widely adopted for use with all ages.  This core Social Thinking tool reflects our Cognitive Behavioral teaching style. Next, we explain through a visual framework the journey between learning to be friendly and maintaining successful friendships through our Peer-a-mid of Friendships.  We will delve into what it means to be a friend, distinguishing between 1) "being friendly," 2) developing a friendship, and 3) having a "bonded friend." We will also discuss how conversational skills are only one component to keeping friends - as "hanging out" actually means we share space without necessarily talking! For individuals with strong social self-awareness but nuanced social learning challenges, social anxiety commonly emerges as another factor to be considered in treatment. The visual tools named the Spiral of Social Success and the Spiral of Social Failure guide how we teach social competencies while also teaching how to manage social anxiety.We will also offer some basic concepts and ideas for running Social Thinking groups.  Our treatment goals are to help make the abstractions of the social world more easily interpreted through our concrete explanations! We round out the day by demonstrating to parents and professionals how to better understand the inner minds of individuals with social learning challenges when our standardized testing falls short. We introduce the Informal Dynamic Social Thinking  (IDST) Assessment, a tool described in Michelle's book, Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition. IDST assessment tasks are useful as part of the initial or three-year testing process – and can also be used by any parent or professional to better understand how an individual processes and responds to social information. The IDST is invaluable in learning more about the way individuals think, and how their social thinking challenges affect their social and academic learning. This, in turn, illuminates why they need direct teaching of social concepts and arms us with relevant knowledge to determine specific treatment strategies that are best aligned with their needs. Video footage of the informal assessment will demonstrate ways in which all of us (diagnosticians, parents, paraprofessionals, treatment clinicians, etc.) can work more effectively with our students. Parents and professionals give high praise for the highly practical nature of this workshop. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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Thursday April 19, 2018

Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

ages 4 - 18

This is a practical-strategies seminar! Clearly define executive function skills and determine the most effective treatment interventions. Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills, including devising plans to achieve their goals using self-talk and self-initiating; transitioning to higher priority tasks; and controlling their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve student awareness skills so that they can “read a room,” create an appropriate action plan, and infer possible outcomes. Teach students to see and sense the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve a student’s ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use Get Ready * Do * Done to turn lesson and treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills.
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To successfully execute, children need to be aware of task demands and set goals. Then they must access forethought and hindsight to think in an organized way and to sustain their focus on the relevant features of the task at hand. As students mature they learn to organize time, space, and materials and develop the reasoning skills to consider multiple outcomes to problems; recognize gray areas; and manage both expected and unexpected changes in plans, routines, rules, and novel situations. Students must fluidly shift between changing task demands and carrying out multiple complex steps to achieve expected goals.

Self-regulation is essential for task execution and involves: 1) any action that allows students to stop and direct themselves; 2) how this action results in behavior change; 3) how this improves the likelihood of goal attainment. Termed mimetic ideational information processing (MIME), individuals mentally “mime” the idea and do a “dry run” of their impending actions to simulate possible future scenarios. In effect, it is mental trial and error.

Our executive function program teaches students to be a Mind MIME: to mentally pre-simulate an experience to successfully achieve a future goal. This episodic future thinking is essential for flexibility of actions and thoughts as it enables us to simulate an optimal future scenario and anticipate possible problems so we can pre-plan for and select possible courses of action. At the core of Social Thinking is the concept of “social thinking,” a process in which we consider the thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge, and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience and imagine how they may be perceiving us. This could also be characterized as “thinking about you thinking about me” (which is also the title of the foundational book about the Social Thinking Methodology. Central to social-executive functioning is “thinking about future me,” where one uses theory of mind to consider and make smart guesses about what their future selves would be doing, thinking, feeling, and saying. Visualizing ‘future me’ enables us to compare “planned vs. actual” so we can self-regulate and adapt in the moment as we experience glitches and distractions. Many students with social thinking challenges struggle with self-projection, episodic scene construction, and the ability to simulate future events.

In this practical-strategies seminar you will learn how to clearly define executive function skills to determine the most effective treatment* interventions. Understand the development of the executive function skills and what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction,” and learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop executive function skills. Teach students to develop a “memory for the future,” devise plans to achieve a goal, use self-talk, self-initiate, transition to the next task of higher priority, and control their impulses and emotions to successfully complete a task. Improve students’ awareness skills so they can “read a room” and formulate an appropriate action plan while inferring possible outcomes. Teach students to note the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Learn methods to improve students’ ability to cognitively shift and be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn how to use the Get Ready * Do * Done model to turn core curriculum and lesson/treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills. Walk away with plenty of fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity for routines and transitions.

*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social thinking, skills, and competencies.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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If you’re registering four or less people for this conference choose the option “Individual/Small Group”.
If you’re registering five or more people, choose the option “Team/Large Group”. Note: only available for those registering as Professionals.

Early Bird Price (through APR 04)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off

Full Price (APR 05 - APR 19)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
15% Off
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      $196.00
      $171.50
      $245.00
      $208.25
    • 2 Day Pass

      11% Off 2 Day
      $347.20
      $303.80
      $434.00
      $368.90
    • Full 3 day
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      Up to 20% Off
      $495.20
      $433.30
      $619.00
      $526.15

Early Bird Price (through APR 04)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$196.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$171.50

1 Day Pass

$183.75

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$347.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$325.50

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$495.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$433.30

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$464.25

Full Price (APR 05 - APR 19)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$245.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$208.25

1 Day Pass

$220.50

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$434.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$368.90

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$390.60

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$619.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$526.15

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$557.10

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    Thinking About You Thinking About Future Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

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